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#1 of 7 Old 10-04-2008, 02:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We have some toys in a wardrobe and others in one of those cube units (with some of the colored drawers). It works well except I'm stumped about what to do with Little People toys. DD has a house and a farm and a garage and they all really do get played with. The people, cars, etc can go in a cloth drawer but the house, barn and garage are too big to fit in the cube unit we have, or in stacking bins, and it's hard to fit more than 1 in a tote. Does anyone have a solution as to what to do with them? We are seriously lacking closet space so I am not able to rotate the big pieces easily. Closed storage is ideal, we are all allergic to dust. TIA!
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i like the under the bed tupperware bins for toy storage. with the lids, you will eliminate the dust right?

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Those under bed boxes are great, but these big pieces are just a little too deep to fit. I've seen other folks just line them up on the floor against the walls, but the baby tries to stand on them, which isn't safe, and I like the floor to be easy to clean. Hmmm...I haven't tried the house and barn open, not folded, will see if that can fit under the bed. The garage definitely seems too deep though, although if it's only the one piece, maybe it can go on top of the cubes. Off to try it...any other suggestions?
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I know exactly what you are talking about. My 2 girls love their little people stuff and grandma scored big last year at a yard sale. They have a decent size closet though. I actually found a plastic tote/bin that is large enough to fit each the garage, circus, and house. We could not find one that fit the airport but we did have one of the XXL ziplock bags with handles and it fits in there.

We do not use their closet for clothes because they pull everything out of it and their dresser, so the dresser and their hand up clothes are in our master bedroom. The tubs are all stacked in their closet and can be easily swapped. I just have to remind them that the big pieces go into the tubs first.
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I use a small bookshelf, one of those half-sized cheap ones. It is in ds's toy area and holds his garage, his barn, two bins, and assorted trucks.

ETA: It's this one http://www.zellers.com/stores/shop/p...83040/13683040 except it's white and doesn't have doors - the doors wouldn't work for the garage because the ramp sits past the edge.

Edited again to say I just saw the part about being allergic to dust..I don't really have any solutions for you
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Here's what we did with little people:

The LP are in the green one. It's enough to fit all the people and their school bus and cars. We now have their school on top, though it could fit in a big one.

4 of the boxes have covers and they come from both IKEA and Target.

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Thanks for the great ideas everyone! I am so inspired by those amazing green walls. I'm going to figure out what size boxes we need, the idea to put the sets in separate boxes is fantastic, it will make cleanup sooooo much easier.

I am not such a fan of the Little People but DD has some sensory processing issues (is generally underreactive) and she responds so much more to the bright colors and sounds than she does to a more plain wooden house or play set. All of the little pieces have been driving me crazy though, so this helps a LOT.
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